Needham Newton Wellesley Clinic
1410 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02492
Tel: (781) 492-2899     (Next to Townhall)
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7 Whittier Place, Boston, MA 02114 (Next to MGH)
Tel: (617) 642-4088      email: johnzhang999@hotmail.com

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Boston Chinese Acupuncture Center

Needham Clinic

1410 Highland Ave. Suite 102

Needham, MA 02492

Tel: 781 492 2899

Fax: 781 444 9889

Email: johnzhang999@hotmail.com

www.acuhealing.org

Boston Clinic (Next to MGH)

7 Whittier Place

Boston, MA 02114

Tel: 617 642 4088

Fax: 617 227 9889

Email: johnzhang999@hotmail.com

www.acuhealing.org

A Comprehensive Chinese Medicine Provider           

Testimonials

Infertility (natural pregnancy)

I am 38 years old, so the medical profession considers me to be of advanced maternal age for conceiving a child. Before coming to see Dr. Zhang, my husband and I had tried for nearly a year to get pregnant. During that year, I became pregnant, but I suffered an early miscarriage. After the miscarriage, we tried for another six months to become pregnant without success. We became very discouraged and I was convinced that I may never become pregnant. However, we decided to try acupuncture to see if it could help. When we first met Dr. Zhang, we knew we had come to the right place. He listened to our concerns and gave us reassurance that acupuncture could help us. During the first two months of my acupuncture treatment, my husband also received acupuncture  to improve his sperm count. It made us both feel calm and relaxed. After two months of acupuncture, including taking herbal remedies prescribed by Dr. Zhang, I became pregnant! Now I am receiving acupuncture once a week to help me maintain a healthy pregnancy. I am so happy and grateful to Dr. Zhang for helping us to conceive our long-awaited baby. My husband and I are university professors, and we both highly recommend Dr. Zhang to anyone considering acupuncture for fertility issues. He is a very caring and knowledgeable professional.
Kelly, College Professor

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Infertility (Natural pregnancy)

Dear Dr. Zhang,   I just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to you for helping to make my dream come true! I am 40 years old and I have been married for almost 8 years and unable to become pregnant. I have been to more than one doctor, and have, it seems, had every test done. Still, no baby! The last doctor I went to informed me that egg donation would be the only route to use, and to forgo IVF or any fertility drug therapy as they will not work for me.   I did take your card in the lobby of MGH, and had it in my folder, and pulled it out over a month ago. After so much disappointment, I waited 4 months since I was seen by the last doctor. I then decided to try acupuncture before I would go the egg donation route (as that was something I was not sure of wanting to do anyhow). I had never tried this kind of therapy, but I was assured that you had many women just like me who became pregnant after having acupuncture. I did not expect to become pregnant the first cycle! All I can say is that my husband and I are so happy and can't wait to start our little family!  Thank you a million times!! Suzanne
 

Infertility (IVF)

My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Zhang for 8 months, and he has been an incredible acupuncturist and friend. We started seeing Dr. Zhang after the diagnosis of infertility after 6 months of trying to conceive. Although my hormone levels were in normal parameters, my age was 34, and my husband suffered from low sperm count and motility. We wanted to be sure that we were doing everything we could to support the fertility treatments we were undergoing.

Immediately, Dr. Zhang’s acupuncture treatment and encouragement made me feel better and gave me relief from the severe anxiety and depression I was feeling from the rigorous treatments. My husband’s sperm count and motility increased dramatically over the course of our 8 month treatment, starting with an initial count of 1.5 million per m/l and 4% total motility and a total count of 3.3 million, then increasing to 70 million per m/l with over 60% motility with a total count close to 200 million. Of particular importance were the treatments I received before and after embryo transfer, which helped me feel calm and relaxed with a more hopeful outlook.

Dr. Zhang was so encouraging throughout our treatments. He always listened carefully and offered much support and sympathy during the disappointing times. He was so helpful and accommodating with his treatment of us, particularly around the unpredictable schedule of the IVF treatments.

I believe that the acupuncture treatments that we both received helped us to achieve pregnancy with our second IVF attempt. I continue to see Dr. Zhang for treatment to help with the anxiety and discomfort of early pregnancy.  I don’t know what we would do without him!

I highly recommend Dr. Zhang’s acupuncture treatments as an adjunct to Western fertility treatments, for both male and female infertility.

We are so grateful to have Dr. Zhang on our team.

Joan, Mark, MD at MGH, Boston

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Infertility (IVF)

Dear Dr. Zhang, It’s been a long time but I wanted to let you know that I had not forgotten how lucky I was to have found you. I have sent several friends to you in the past year and will continue to recommend you (and I may come see you again soon myself).  Below is a testimonial for your webpage (please do not use my name).

Thanks again,

Carolina

 

When I began to see Dr. Zhang we had been trying to conceive for a long time and had gone through three failed IVF cycles.  I was a couple of months shy of my 38th birthday and we knew that our chances of getting pregnant were dwindling.  After seeing Dr. Zhang for several months we attempted another transfer and we hit the jackpot -- literally.  We are now the proud parents of healthy, happy twin baby boys and could not be more thrilled.  I believe that Dr. Zhang's treatment made a world of difference for us.  

Thanks Dr. Zhang.  (A happy mommy).

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Habitual Miscarriages

I am a 44 yrs RN. I have been trying to have a baby for almost 5 years but haven’t succeeded. I was able to get my first pregnancy when I was 39, but lost it in very early stage. At the year of 40, I got pregnant two times, one lost immediately, one was able to make 8 weeks but no heart bit and lost again. I tried again last year and did get chemical pregnant by IVF. My doctor also found My FSH was 38. After that, I was referred to Dr. Zhang. After carefully reviewed my history and checked me, Dr. Zhang told me he need to prepare my body firstly and ask me to wait for 2-3 months before I can try again, he did acupuncture once a week for me to balance my body, he also guided me to keep a healthy diet, avoid many bad foods which no body told me before. During the 3 months, I slept much better, I was very relaxed, felling really well and happier, and most important, very positive. And my FSH was down to 9.0 ! We tried then and I was pregnant naturally! Dr. Zhang then saw me once a week for another 6 weeks. After that he told me I am safe and can just call as I need. I was so happy to tell you now that I just had my son last month, one month before my 44th birthday. I am so lucky to meet Dr. Zhang.

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 Infertility (IVF)

I had been through multiple IVF cycles prior to trying acupuncture with Dr. Zhang to help in conception. Dr. Zhang has been able to help me greatly with my anxiety, stress and  insomnia. I was much less stress, sad, anxious, or lonely, and I was able to sleep very well through the whole cycle. I felt very comfortable and confident during the cycle. I am very glad that I am pregnant now. Dr. Zhang’s needle made the difference. Thanks to Dr. Zhang’s help.

Lisa, Manager, Newton

      

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      Infertility (IVF, extra thin lining)
I am a 37 year old woman. I have PCOS but am otherwise in very good health. I came to Dr. Zhang in the spring of 2008 after a failed IVF cycle. (I have two other children one via IUI and one via IVF). When my IVF cycle failed, water in the uterus and a very thin lining (about 5.5) were cited as possible causes. I came to Dr. Zhang in hopes that acupuncture would help thicken my lining. I saw Dr. Zhang throughout the summer of 2008 as I prepared for a FET. My lining increased slightly to the 6-6.3 range (still sub optimal). Although I was on the maximum dose of estrogen my lining stayed around 6.2. My doctors cancelled one planned FET and had me take the max does of injectable estrogen along with suppositories, but my lining stayed at 6.2 during the next cycle. We decided we would try a transfer on my thin lining, but my embryos did not survive the thaw. When we started a fresh IVF cycle in the late summer, my IVF doctors changed my IVF protocol and I continued to see Dr. Zhang once a week. During this cycle my lining reached 7mm triple line. We did a fresh transfer in September and I recently found out that I am pregnant with twins. During my first ultrasound, the technician commented that the heartbeats and the blood flow to the uterus were strong.

 

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Allergy

Dr. Zhang -
I just wanted to let you know what a difference your acupuncture has made with my allergies. Up until now , I have had severe allergies 9 + months a year. After 8 sessions of acupuncture and 8+ weeks of herbal tea, I have never felt better, my sinus's have never been clearer and my eye rash & itching are both gone.
Thank you again.

John, DPA, Cambridge
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Allergy

 

I started going to Dr. Zhang to get acupuncture for my allergies (I had been on a daily allergy medicine for 5 years which totally dried me out - my hair, my skin - and it was becoming less and less effective in preventing my sinus headaches).  Within the first 5 or 6 appointments I was able to stop taking my medicine completely and now it's been 3 years and I've never had to take anything again.  I still see Dr. Zhang for an appt. every 2 or 3 weeks because I've found the acupuncture to be so incredibly good for stress and total body relaxation which I know I need.

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Weight loss

I am a 35-year old RN, I was always 30-40 pounds over weight since my 20th birthday. I am very careful on my diet and excerise a lot, but I will can't lose weight. Dr. Zhang started working on me 5 weeks ago. He did normal acupuncture as well as ear acupuncture, and gave me some herbal medicine as a tea. After 3 weeks my weight
start going down, I lost 21 pounds now and I keep coming to Dr. Zhang 2 times a month to lose more.

Thanks to Dr. Zhang.

Heidi, RN, Newton
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Tendonitis

Dear Dr. Zhang,

I would like to thank you greatly for helping my right medial tendonitis. I was referred to you via a family member, and although I have some basic knowledge of the principles behind acupuncture, I have to be honest that I started treatment with what I can only describe as open minded skepticism. I came to you after two cortisone shots and a round of physical therapy. I cannot claim a miracle cure, but I have noticed a marked improvement. I couldn't throw a ball without pain. Lifting any substantial weight  would hurt, but now I feel I have enough relief to begin to regain full function. Last summer I couldn't play tennis and as I approached a year with the same injury,I wondered when if I would ever heal. Now I am looking forward to playing when
winter finally ends. Thank you!

Rob, RN, New hampshire

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Skin disease

Acne Testimonial One

 I am a 25 year old doctoral student who has had chronic and severe eczema since I was a baby. Throughout my life I have dealt with flare-ups of eczema by using cortisone creams recommended by dermatologists but to no avail.  Eczema had continued to dominate portions of skin all over my body and prompt annoyance, physical pain and embarrassment.   More recently, after seeing a dermatologist who recommended I take immune-suppressants (the same medicine they give to transplant recipients so their bodies do not reject the new organ) to reduce my autoimmune response hoping to quell my severe eczema, I realized that I would have to find another mode of treatment!

I decided to try acupuncture with Dr. Zhang to treat my eczema and I am incredibly satisfied with this decision.  I have never had such relief from eczema in my entire life. Dr. Zhang treated me with a combination of acupuncture, herbal tea and diet modifications. After a couple of weeks I noticed that my itching was stopping, the quality of my skin was better and I felt healthier overall. I was amazed a couple of weeks after that when I saw that my skin had substantially cleared and I could see that my eczema was virtually gone from my legs, arms, stomach, face and chest.

I am happy to report that these results have continued as I have tapered off my acupuncture sessions and reduced my herbal tea. I am looking forward to never having to take cortisone creams again! I was so impressed with my treatment with Dr. Zhang that I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone who has such ailments to give him a try. The severe and chronic eczema that has permeated my life for over twenty years is gone!

 

Rachel, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

 

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Acne Testimonial Two

 

I started seeing Dr. Zhang a couple of years ago for acne.  I had decided to get off Benzaclin at the time and thought there had to be a better way to cure acne than using a prescription topical medicine.  I have had acne since my late teens and prescriptions were the only remedy for me for about a decade.  After getting off the medicine I was horrified to be in my early thirties with constant breakouts that would leave dark marks on my skin for many months.  I stopped wearing makeup and was desperate but refused to get back on the medicine.  I was excited to try acupuncture as a therapy and cannot express enough gratitude for the help Dr. Zhang has given me.  Acupuncture really works for this condition and I tell as many people as I can about it and him.  I initially saw Dr. Zhang a couple of times a week, then it went down to once per week, then once every other week.  I also drank a lot of tea in the beginning from herbs he gave me and after 6 months saw such an incredible difference in my skin.  There were actually times when I went into his office with a very large pimple and literally felt it going down after a session.  I still see Dr. Zhang monthly even though I no longer have acne as the treatments continue to give me needed relaxation and I believe they provide value.  I think of acupuncture as an important part of my overall health maintenance as much as exercising and eating right.  I would highly recommend Dr. Zhang to any patient experiencing acne and in need of an effective, non-invasive treatment.  Thank you, Dr. Zhang, for giving me back clear, pretty skin!    

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Chronic Hives
 
"I started to break out in hives for no apparent reason, and after numerous
tests that showed everything was 'normal,' my primary care doctor and an
allergist told me I had CIU, chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives).  In
western medicine, there is no known cause or cure for CIU -- the only thing
to do is medicate with antihistamines to manage symptoms and hope they
eventually go away.  By the time I went to see Dr. Zhang, the hives had
spread over my whole body, I was occasionally experiencing facial swelling,
and I was taking 4 antihistamines/8 pills a day.  Through the acupuncture
treatments and herbal remedies with Dr. Zhang, my medicine was cut in half
in just 3 weeks.  Over the next 3 months, the hives steadily retreated and I
was slowly able to get off of all medicine.  I am happy to say I am now
completely free of the hives and have no need for the medicine.  Some people
are skeptical about whether Chinese medicine works, but I have no doubt it
was the herbal tea and acupuncture that cured me of the hives."
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I have had cutaneous vasculitis, a rare autoimmune disorder for six years. I have seen multiple specialists over the years, and none were able to offer any treatment aside from steroids (the side effects of which would have been worse than my condition.) I had heard that acupuncture could help with autoimmune disorders, and while skeptical at first, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try, and if it helped at all it would be amazing to have a tool to alleviate my condition. I found Dr. Zhang and was very impressed with his credentials. At my first appointment
he identified several dietary changes that I needed to make, and within two days of my first treatment, I saw a dramatic improvement in my condition. I have been seeing him regularly for several weeks and my condition continues to improve. I am now hoping for a complete recovery – a much higher expectation than I first came in with. I can’t believe I didn’t try Chinese medicine sooner.

Jenny, Video Producer, Needham

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Eczema

I am a 38 years old pediatrician. I has eczema in my hands and feet for more than 10 years, I have been trying many apecialists in Boston area, it just never gone. I was referred to Dr. Zhang by a MGH doctor. After only 3 weeks of acupuncture and herbal tea, my eczema was gone. Dr. Zhang then gave me one more month of herbal tea. It has been 8 months since I saw Dr. Zhang, I never have it again.

Thanks to Dr. Zhang.

Synne, MD, Wellesley

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Severe Eczema
I suffered with a very severe case of eczema on my hands for over 7 months. As a massage therapist, this caused me a great amount of stress and worry. I love my work, and was thinking I would not be able to continue because of the pain in my hands. They were cracked and bleeding, with blisters, and some days I couldn’t even close my fist. I tried various medications, and the steroids were the worst, as they thinned my skin and caused more breakouts. Being in the complementary health field, I knew that acupuncture can help with many conditions, but had never tried working with Chinese herbs. I called Dr. Zhang, and he took me right away. I didn’t have to wait 3 weeks to see him like you do when you call a MD. I had my first treatment on Tuesday. I drank the tea, and used the herbal cream that he gave me. By Thursday of that week my hands were better, by the weekend, they were COMPLETELY HEALED!!!!!
I have seen Dr. Zhang twice since, and my hands look absolutely perfect. I am so incredibly grateful to Dr. Zhang. He is an amazing doctor, and a truly wonderful man.
I would recommend Dr. Zhang to anyone who is suffering from eczema, and any other ailment. I am so happy and my clients are thrilled with my “new“ hands!.
Thank you, Dr. Zhang!!!
Sincerely,
Sheila Checchi
Licensed Massage Therapist



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Sciatica

This place works miracles! I have a sciatic nerve and it acts up every once and a while. I have been to several Chiropractors and doctors and none knew that to do or could help me and it was miserable. I was recommended acupuncture and tried this place out. It is no frills and a flat fee of 60 bucks but let me tell you, it works miracles. I visit whenever this thing flares up and the Doctor although hard to understand is like a magic touch! The place is always packed when I visit and he even adjusts his schedules and fits you in. I would HIGHLY recommend this place! It is like a healing center!!

 

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Sciatica 2

I became a patient of Dr. Zhang after researching a specialist in Chinese medicine and acupuncture in the west suburban area. Dr. Zhang's credentials from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and his appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital are top notch. I had been experiencing sciatic and low back pain for a couple of years. Within a couple of weeks of treatment the sciatic pain which had kept me awake was dramatically reduced. My lower back pain was also reduced so that I could resume a more active lifestyle. Dr. Zhang is a compassionate practitioner with a soothing demeanor.

Julie, Needham

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Stiff and Tight Neck

Best acupuncture experience I've ever had.  I went with my friend to her acupuncture appointment with John Zhang, who apparently is a faculty member at Harvard Med School.  I have chronic neck pain and have tried acupuncture in the past, but didn’t like my acupuncturist b/c she was more interested in getting paid by my insurance company than helping me.  Anyway, Dr. Zhang offered to treat my neck without an appointment and offered to waive his fee if I didn’t feel better afterward.

My 30 minute session was much more relaxing than with my prior acupuncturist.  Dr. Zhang used heat and performed a massage on my neck after he removed the needles.  My neck felt much better.  

Dr. Zhang then gave me advice on how to find a good acupuncturist in my area and offered to research and find one for me.  I really appreciated his help!

 

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Muscular & Digestive disorder
 

Dr. Zhang has been extraordinally helpful to my husband and to me in solving our muscular and digestive problems. His magical needles virtually immediately released very long standing muscular tensions, my digestive problems have been greatly relieved with his help. His sympathatic manner is a great comfort.


Michelle, Cambridge

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Carpal Turnnel

Dear Dr. Zhang,

I just want to take a moment to write and let you know how thankful I am to you for your acupuncture treatment for my bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. The pain relief I experienced was immediate and I have not had  even one twinge of symptoms since I have had treatment, and I am hopeful my pain free state will remain for years to come. Thank you for saving me from surgical intervention. You are trully a master of your practice!
Thanks again.

Crystal, Pharmarcist, Lexington

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IBS
 

Dear Dr. Zhang,    My daughter Lauren was diagnosed with I.B.S November of 2006. She had a very rough time with stomach pain and was missing a lot of school. It broke my heart as a mother to see my child in such pain. Her Gastroenteroligist  prescribed  her Pamine  which at first helped with the pain enough to get her to school then a second  flair-up 3 weeks later set her over the edge. Again she was out of school. Out of desperation I did more research on-line and found blogs with people swearing they have had great results with dealing with their I.B.S with acupuncture, so I decided to give it a try. By the
3rd visit Lauren starting feeling much better!!!!!  And she has only felt better and better with each treatment. I wish to thank you for your expertise and would recommend your services to anyone who might want to try alternative medicine.  I only wish it were covered by my H.M.O but worth every penny to see my 16 year old back to normal.   
 Dianne DeBay, Boston

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Last summer, after a vacation trip, I suddenly began having  extremely uncomfortable symptoms of what seemed to be a digestive disorder: gas, belching after meals, a feeling of being stuffed, even when I hadn't eaten,
anorexia, nausea, a burning feeling in my stomach a feeling of discomfort in my throat, a feeling, in general, of not being well. My doctor did many tests, all of which showed nothing wrong. Her final diagnosis was that,
most likely, I was suffering with acid reflux and IBS.

After several months of trying everything my doctor recommended, without much improvement, I saw Dr. Zhang. I began seeing him twice a week at first and gradually, now, I see him once a week. His treatments have made my
symptoms virtually disappear; I am so much better! I also have more energy and just feel better in general.

I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Zhang to anyone suffering with acid reflux or any digestive problem.

Nancy, artist, Wellesley
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Gallstones Pain

Almost two years ago, you treated my college-aged daughter, Jillian, for gallstones. I'm happy to report she is still doing great with no additional episodes since her accupuncture sessions with you! I don't think I will ever be able to tell you how grateful I am for your healing energy and expertise. She was far too young to lose her gallbladder to surgery, and with some dietary changes she has been able to maintain wonderful health and vitality. She graduated in May and will be moving to NYC in the fall.

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Hypertension


I have been suffering from hypertension for more than 20 years. I have taken different kinds of medicine, my blood pressure is up and down and never gets controlled. I also suffer a lot of side effects from the medication, such as impotence, fatigue, insomnia, etc. Since I started seeing Dr. Zhang, my blood pressure is very good, my impotence is gone, and I have much more energy. Dr. Zhang really helps me a lot.


Eric, Lawyer, Needham
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Car accident

I sought Dr. Zhang out after exhausting my options with western medicine. A back injury, a bad tooth infection and work stress left me feeling like I was 26 going on 76. I chose to try acupuncture for the first time with Dr. Zhang because of his work at Mass General with Harvard Medical School. Although western medicine wasn’t doing much for me, it gave me comfort that he was versed in both eastern and western practices. I was especially interested in his research on the effect of acupuncture on animals, because the results control for purely psychosomatic benefits.
I walked out of my first visit with Dr. Zhang feeling deeply relaxed and somewhat euphoric, to my surprise. Kind of like after getting out of massage. The long term benefits have  been far more profound though. The improvements were gradual at first, but after one month of regular weekly to bi-weekly visits, I was eating, sleeping and exercising normally all without the medicine it used to take feel well enough to get through the day.
I plan to make acupuncture a regular part of my wellness routine going forward and don’t think twice about driving an hour each way to see Dr. Zhang because he’s…just awesome.

Cindy, MBA student, Harvard University
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Weight loss and back pain


I had severe back pain for more than 10 years, the surgery did not help me much. I still have very bad pain after surgery. I was also 60 pounds over weight. My back pain was 80% off after two acupuncture treatments with Dr. Zhang. After seeing Dr. Zhang for about 4 weeks, my back pain is great and much to my surprise, I lost 18 pounds! Dr. Zhang’s needles and herbal powder did a great job on my body.


David, Wellesley
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Allergies

I have suffered with asthma and allergies all my life. Years on medications, inhalers and immunotherapy. Most recently experiencing sinus pressure, headaches and exhaustion. Since my treatments with Dr. Zhang, I now have no headaches, no sinus problems and take no medications. I have more energy than I have had in years. I feel great!


Pat, Radiologist, Boston
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Chronic pain

Since I began treatment in March with Dr. Zhang, I have been virtually pain free. I have, for over eight years, suffered a chronic condition (Morton's Neuroma) that is experienced as intermittent excruciating foot pain. It had increased in frequency in late winter. I found Dr. Zhang based on his credentials but met with him because of his medical knowledge of this condition and his experience in its treatment. I am both amazed and grateful for the success of this treatment.


Jennifer, Psychotherapist, Newton
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Sports injury

My left ankle was badly sprained in soccer games, not once but twice. X ray didn't show anything wrong and it took me one year to rehab, unfortunately I still couldn't run very hard anymore since the ankle even the calf got stiff and hurt once a while. Thanks to your acupuncture treatment, after first 4 sessions, there severe stiffness and pain are gone, and after 6 maintenance sessions, I just feel have a brand new left ankle, and am back the field and enjoy the soccer with my teammates.
Thanks a lot!

Frank, Engineer, Quincy

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Cold and sore throat

Ahh, dr. zhang- man of few words, but he's pretty great. this is my first time trying acupuncture. If I turn up with a baby, well, he works, if not...well, it was interesting. He's a bit abrupt, but I think it's a cultural thing, not a 'tude thing.  I will say, that when I went in the other day, I hadn't evens aid a word to him and he goes " stick out your tongue" which I did, and he said "You have a cold, how long you have cold" I said it had just come on that morning. He could tell by looking at my tongue and asked if I was congested. I said yes, and my throat is killing me too. He stuck some pins at the base of my nostrils, and another on just under my chin. My sinus cleared out instantly, and by the end of the session, my throat pain was gone and never returned.

 

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Pinched nerve and chronic pain

Thanks to Dr. Zhang, I have avoided neck surgery for severe right neural
foraminal narrowing at C5/C6, which was causing chronic pain in my neck and
shoulders, as well as numbness in my right arm and fingers. After two months
of weekly acupuncture visits, all symptoms ceased.

Additionally, Dr. Zhang has alleviated symptoms associated with a
thyroidectomy and radiation. Because of his care, I have also been able to
stop taking two medications. I am very grateful for Dr. Zhang's help and
highly recommend him as an acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine.

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To whom it may concern:
I have had interstitial cystitis since early 2000.  It  became severe 
around 2007. I started the medication Elmiron in 2008. My primary  care 
physician, Dr. Laura Hu, at Mass General Hospital suggested acupuncture in  June of 2009.  
I started acupuncture with Dr. John Zhang in June 2009 and  have been 
attack free since July 2009.
Thank you Dr. Zhang!
Maura J. Welch

 

 

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 Infertility (natural pregnancy)

I am 38 years old, so the medical profession considers me to be of advanced maternal age for conceiving a child. Before coming to see Dr. Zhang, my husband and I had tried for nearly a year to get pregnant. During that year, I became pregnant, but I suffered an early miscarriage. After the miscarriage, we tried for another six months to become pregnant without success. We became very discouraged and I was convinced that I may never become pregnant. However, we decided to try acupuncture to see if it could help. When we first met Dr. Zhang, we knew we had come to the right place. He listened to our concerns and gave us reassurance that acupuncture could help us. During the first two months of my acupuncture treatment, my husband also received acupuncture  to improve his sperm count. It made us both feel calm and relaxed. After two months of acupuncture, including taking herbal remedies prescribed by Dr. Zhang, I became pregnant! Now I am receiving acupuncture once a week to help me maintain a healthy pregnancy. I am so happy and grateful to Dr. Zhang for helping us to conceive our long-awaited baby. My husband and I are university professors, and we both highly recommend Dr. Zhang to anyone considering acupuncture for fertility issues. He is a very caring and knowledgeable professional.
Kelly, College Professor

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Infertility (Natural pregnancy)

Dear Dr. Zhang,   I just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to you for helping to make my dream come true! I am 40 years old and I have been married for almost 8 years and unable to become pregnant. I have been to more than one doctor, and have, it seems, had every test done. Still, no baby! The last doctor I went to informed me that egg donation would be the only route to use, and to forgo IVF or any fertility
drug therapy as they will not work for me.   I did take your card in the lobby of MGH, and had it in my folder, and pulled it out over a month ago. After so much disappointment, I waited 4 months since I was seen by the last doctor. I then decided to try acupuncture before I would go the egg donation route (as that was something I was not sure of wanting to do anyhow). I had never tried this kind of therapy, but I was assured that you had many women just like me who became pregnant after having acupuncture. I did not expect to become pregnant the first cycle! All I can say is that my husband and I are so happy and can't wait to start our little family!  Thank you a million times!! Suzanne
 

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49 years old women get pregnant

 

I am a 49-year old woman from London who never get pregnant before. After failing couple cycles of IVF in London, I came to Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center at Harvard Medical School. I saw Dr. Toth, the director of MGH IVF Center and Dr. Toth also suggested me to see Dr. Zhang for acupuncture due to my age factor. With the help of Dr. Toth and Dr. Zhang, I got pregnant from just one cycle of IVF, and I had my healthy son 10 months later. Thanks for Dr. Zhang’s acupuncture, it makes me more relaxed, sleep better and more positive about the cycle, and I feel very well through the whole cycle with the help of acupuncture.

A Happy Mother of a son, UK

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Infertility (IVF, 42 yrs old, poor ovarian reserve, high FSH)

I was sent to Dr. Zhang by Dr. Tom Toth, the director of MGH Infertility Center after 3 failed IVFs. Dr. Zhang is excellent. He checked me carefully and found some imbalances in my body and told me he needs to prepare my body for about 4-6 weeks before I start the next IVF. He also told me to avoid some kinds of food which could hurt my fertility and affect the FSH level. He saw me once a week and I felt really well with his treatment. 6 weeks later, my FSH was much lower and I started my IVF cycle.  Dr. Zhang followed the IVF schedule and do acupuncture for me, the cycle went very well and I was pregnant. Both Dr. Toth and me are very pleased with Dr. Zhang's help. I am 30 weeks now and I thank Dr. Zhang for his great help. His office is new, clean and quiet, right next to MGH. I will recommend him to anyone who is trying to conceive.

 

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Infertility (IVF)

My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Zhang for 8 months, and he has been an incredible acupuncturist and friend. We started seeing Dr. Zhang after the diagnosis of infertility after 6 months of trying to conceive. Although my hormone levels were in normal parameters, my age was 34, and my husband suffered from low sperm count and motility. We wanted to be sure that we were doing everything we could to support the fertility treatments we were undergoing.

Immediately, Dr. Zhang’s acupuncture treatment and encouragement made me feel better and gave me relief from the severe anxiety and depression I was feeling from the rigorous treatments. My husband’s sperm count and motility increased dramatically over the course of our 8 month treatment, starting with an initial count of 1.5 million per m/l and 4% total motility and a total count of 3.3 million, then increasing to 70 million per m/l with over 60% motility with a total count close to 200 million. Of particular importance were the treatments I received before and after embryo transfer, which helped me feel calm and relaxed with a more hopeful outlook.

Dr. Zhang was so encouraging throughout our treatments. He always listened carefully and offered much support and sympathy during the disappointing times. He was so helpful and accommodating with his treatment of us, particularly around the unpredictable schedule of the IVF treatments.

I believe that the acupuncture treatments that we both received helped us to achieve pregnancy with our second IVF attempt. I continue to see Dr. Zhang for treatment to help with the anxiety and discomfort of early pregnancy.  I don’t know what we would do without him!

I highly recommend Dr.Zhang’s acupuncture treatments as an adjunct to Western fertility treatments, for both male and female infertility.

We are so grateful to have Dr. Zhang on our team.

Cindy, Bill, MD at MGH, Boston

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Infertility (IVF)

Dear Dr. Zhang, Its been a long time but I wanted to let you know that I had not forgotten how lucky I was to have found you. I have sent several friends to you in the past year and will continue to recommend you (and I may come see you again soon myself).  Below is a testimonial for your webpage (please do not use my name).

Thanks again,

Carolina

 

When I began to see Dr. Zhang we had been trying to conceive for a long time and had gone through three failed IVF cycles.  I was a couple of months shy of my 38th birthday and we knew that our chances of getting pregnant were dwindling.  After seeing Dr. Zhang for several months we attempted another transfer and we hit the jackpot -- literally.  We are now the proud parents of healthy, happy twin baby boys and could not be more thrilled.  I believe that Dr. Zhang's treatment made a world of difference for us.  

Thanks Dr. Zhang.  (A happy mommy).

 
Infertility (IVF)
I knew before even getting married to my husband that we were going to need medical help in order to become pregnant. When we decided to start a family, we went straight to the fertility doctors, and, without any hesitation, did one IVF cycle with ICSI that produced a healthy baby boy 9 months later. The second pregnancy would not be so easy. When we decided to try for baby #2, we went the same route, spoke with the same doctors, and went through the same IVF protocol, since the first time was practically effortless. Unfortunately, the next time around wouldn’t be so smooth. So, we tried again… and again. After the failure  of the third IVF cycle, the conversation with the doctor was an emotional one for me. Conceiving my son was so easy, then why is this so difficult? While my husband was the basis for our initial need for IVF, now it seems that I was producing oblong eggs that spawned less than par embryos. This is where embryo donation came into question. If I hadn’t produced a healthy child in the past, I would take this into consideration, but just 3 years prior I was simply able to make an adequate embryo with my own egg, and felt I should still be able to do the same for the next pregnancy. I asked if there was anything different I could do. I was already eating well, exercising, but that didn’t seem to be the answer. For the 4th IVF cycle, I tried acupuncture with Dr. Zhang. Never having done acupuncture before, I was excited at the prospect of trying something new. We met for several months before as I was gearing up for the 4th IVF cycle. The retrieval produced more eggs than the past cycles, and the embryos were of such good quality, that the protocol called for a cycle day 5 transfer. Unfortunately, the embryos didn’t take hold, and the 4th IVF cycle didn’t produce a pregnancy. I did believe, though, that the ‘normal’ shaped eggs, and consequent great quality embryos produced were a result of the acupuncture that I was receiving the months prior.  The results were apparent, and I went back for more for cycle #5. This time, Dr. Zhang gave me several teas to drink the weeks before the heavy monitoring at the clinic. Confident in the acupuncture and herbal medicine, I followed the instructions. The retrieval again produced high quality eggs, and consequent embryos, but most importantly, one embryo that took hold. After 5 cycles of IVF, I am delighted to report that I am 11 weeks pregnant. In addition, 1 embryo was able to be cryopreserved from the last cycle, which has never occurred in past cycles. This confirms that the embryo quality was exceptional.  In comparison to my first pregnancy 2 ½ years ago, it has been a much easier ride, with less nausea and headaches, and more energy. Again, I credit the acupuncture for this. 
I want to thank Dr. Zhang for his practice. I wish I found the healing powers of acupuncture earlier in our efforts. I would recommend this ancient form of medicine to anyone undergoing fertility issues.    

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Habitual Miscarriages

I am a 44 yrs RN. I have been trying to have a baby for almost 5 years but haven’t succeeded. I was able to get my first pregnancy when I was 39, but lost it in very early stage. At the year of 40, I got pregnant twice, one lost immediately, one was able to make 8 weeks but no heart bit and lost again. I tried again last year and did get chemical pregnant by IVF but lost it again. My doctor also found My FSH was 38. After that, I was referred to Dr. Zhang. After carefully reviewed my history and checked me, Dr. Zhang told me he need to prepare my body firstly and ask me to wait for 2-3 months before I can try again, he did acupuncture once a week for me to balance my body, he also guided me to keep a healthy diet, avoid many bad foods which no body told me before. During the 3 months, I slept much better, I was very relaxed, felling really well and happier, and most important, very positive. And my FSH was down to 9.0 ! We tried then and I was pregnant naturally! Dr. Zhang then saw me once a week for another 6 weeks, the pregnancy was great and the heart bit was 156. After that he told me I am safe and can just call as I need. I was so happy to tell you now that I just had my son last month, one month before my 44th birthday. I am so lucky to meet Dr. Zhang.

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 Infertility (IVF)

I had been through multiple IVF cycles prior to trying acupuncture with Dr. Zhang to help in conception. Dr. Zhang has been able to help me greatly with my anxiety, stress and  insomnia. I was much less stress, sad, anxious, or lonely, and I was able to sleep very well through the whole cycle. I felt  very comfortable and confident during the cycle. I am very glad that I am pregnant now. Dr. Zhang’s needle made the  difference. Thanks to Dr. Zhang’s help.

Lisa, Manager, Newton

      

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      Infertility (IVF, extra thin lining)
I am a 37 year old woman. I have PCOS but am otherwise in very good health. I came to Dr. Zhang in the spring of 2008 after a failed IVF cycle. (I have two other children one via IUI and one via IVF). When my IVF cycle failed, water in the uterus and a very thin lining (about 5.5) were cited as possible causes. I came to Dr. Zhang in hopes that acupuncture would help thicken my lining. I saw Dr. Zhang throughout the summer of 2008 as I prepared for a FET. My lining increased slightly to the 6-6.3 range (still sub optimal). Although I was on the maximum dose of estrogen my lining stayed around 6.2. My doctors cancelled one planned FET and had me take the max does of injectable estrogen along with suppositories, but my lining stayed at 6.2 during the next cycle. We decided we would try a transfer on my thin lining, but my embryos did not survive the thaw. When we started a fresh IVF cycle in the late summer, my IVF doctors changed my IVF protocol and I continued to see Dr. Zhang once a week. During this cycle my lining reached 7mm triple line. We did a fresh transfer in September and I recently found out that I am pregnant with twins. During my first ultrasound, the technician commented that the heartbeats and the blood flow to the uterus were strong.
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Infertility (Preparing for IVF, but ends with natural pregnancy)

 

Dear Dr. Zhang, Bill and I cannot tell you how thrilled we are with the care you have provided us over the past several months. We would love to offer our story as a way to encourage other couples who are currently on the rollercoaster of trying to conceive.

 

After a year and a half of trying to get pregnant my husband and I decided to seek professional help through a fertility center. We both underwent extensive testing and eventually diagnosed with male infertility. IVF was proposed as the best suitable option for our situation. We were determined to start a family, but we both felt hesitant about the IVF process and wondered if there were any other options available. My husband met with an urologist who was very knowledgeable, but in the end also advised IVF as our course of action.  That was a real low point, even though we were told that we had a 50% chance of a successful transfer, IVF was still our only option.

 

It was at that time my husband decided to try acupuncture for a six month period before moving forward with fertility treatments. He began weekly visits with Dr. Zhang accompanied by herbal teas and a restricted diet. Miraculously after only three months his count was close to normal levels. For the first time we felt like we were making progress and that maybe IUI would be a possibility or even conceive on our own. I started seeing Dr. Zhang as well. He was always so positive, telling us that we could get pregnant on our own – which is something we had never heard at the fertility center.

 

Our six month experiment was coming to an end and we were still hopeful, but not pregnant. We met with our fertility specialist in early March to derive a plan for starting treatment. We convinced our doctor to allow us two attempts at IUI and if that didn’t work we would start IVF. The first round of medications were delivered to our home on a Saturday morning, I was supposed to begin treatment three days later when we learned we were pregnant. We were in complete shock.

 

As I approach the end of my first trimester, it still does not seem real. We attribute our success to Dr. Zhang and his positive outlook. I have continued my visits with Dr. Zhang through this early stage of pregnancy and I feel great. My husband and I are very fortunate to have met Dr. Zhang and to have great success under his care. We hope our story will give other couples hope. I remember reading the success stories on Dr. Zhang’s website and being encouraged, we are thrilled to add our story to the list!

 

Sincerely,

Cara & Bill, Attorney at Law

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Infertility
I started meeting with Dr. Zhang in July with the hope that he could help me with my infertility problems. Prior to this, I had undergone infertility tests and procedures over a period of several months, all of which came back “normal.”  My doctor diagnosed me with a rare form of PCOS, as I was not ovulating on my own. 

 

In July I took my first round of Clomid, which did not make me ovulate.  Needless to say, I was feeling frustrated and confused and decided to seek alternative treatment. I met with Dr. Zhang and was instantly comforted and impressed with the comprehensive medical history he took and care he demonstrated while listening to my story.  Much to my surprise, I got a period on my own after the first visit!  I was instantly a firm believer in the power and effectiveness of TCM. 

 

I started my second round of Clomid and was upset to find out that it didn’t work; while I had one healthy follicle, my lining was too thin (a common side effect of Clomid).  My OBGYN recommended I schedule and appointment with a Reproductive Endocrinologist.  I went to see Dr. Zhang and told him the upsetting news.  As always, he was sympathetic and encouraging, recommending that I still try this month.  Sure enough, two weeks later, while anxiously awaiting to get my period so I could start hormone injections, I found out I was pregnant!  When I told Dr. Zhang he was elated.

 

Dr. Zhang is an extremely knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate doctor.  His genuine confidence and care are calming and reassuring.  I would highly recommend him to anyone who is struggling with infertility.

 

Anonymous, Boston, MA

 

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Habitual Miscarriages

 

I am a 39 years old pharmacist from Boston. I have tried 3 years for fertility but ended with 3 miscarriages, the longest one is 7 weeks. I have been to couple doctors but they couldn’t find anything wrong. My cycle was regular and my FSH was a little bit high. I was then referred to Dr. Zhang by my friend who just got pregnant from the help of him. After two months of seeing Dr. Zhang, I was pregnant! Dr. Zhang then told me he needed to see me again especially the first 3 weeks which the most miscarriages happen. I went to see him once a week for 3 weeks, I was able to see heart bit in the week 3 which I never saw from my past pregnancy. After that Dr. Zhang told me to still keep calm and relaxed, I only saw him once and my whole pregnancy went very well. I am so happy to have my daughter now, thanks to Dr. Zhang.

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Infertility

Hi, Dr Zhang,

Wanted to let you know that I am 16.5 weeks pregnant, due on Oct 17. 
Thank you so much for your help and for making room in your schedule 
for me at the last minute.

Best wishes,

Sarah

 

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49 years old women get pregnant

 

I am a 49-year old woman from Europe who never get pregnant before. After failing couple cycles of IVF in Europe, I came to Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center at Harvard Medical School. I saw Dr. Toth, the director of MGH IVF Center and Dr. Toth also suggested me to see Dr. Zhang for acupuncture due to my age factor. With the help of Dr. Toth and Dr. Zhang, I got pregnant from just one cycle of IVF, and I had my healthy son 10 months later. Thanks for Dr. Zhang’s acupuncture, it makes me very relaxed, sleep better and very positive about the cycle, and I feel very well through the whole cycle with the help of acupuncture.

A Happy Mother of a son, UK

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Infertility (IVF, 42 yrs old, high FSH)

I was sent to Dr. Zhang by Dr. Tom Toth, the director of MGH Infertility Center after 3 failed IVFs. Dr. Zhang is excellent. He checked me carefully and found some imbalances in my body and told me he needs to prepare my body for about 4-6 weeks before I start the next IVF. He also told me to avoid some kinds of food which could hurt my fertility and affect the FSH level. He saw me once a week and I felt really well with his treatment. 6 weeks later, my FSH was much lower and I started my IVF cycle.  Dr. Zhang followed the IVF schedule and do acupuncture for me, the cycle went very well and I was pregnant! Both Dr. Toth and I are very pleased with Dr. Zhang's help. I am 30 weeks now and I thank Dr. Zhang for his great help. I will recommend him to anyone who is trying to conceive.

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Infertility (IVF)
I knew before even getting married to my husband that we were going to need medical help in order to become pregnant. When we decided to start a family, we went straight to the fertility doctors, and, without any hesitation, did one IVF cycle with ICSI that produced a healthy baby boy 9 months later. The second pregnancy would not be so easy. When we decided to try for baby #2, we went the same route, spoke with the same doctors, and went through the same IVF protocol, since the first time was practically effortless. Unfortunately, the next time around wouldn’t be so smooth. So, we tried again… and again. After the failure  of the third IVF cycle, the conversation with the doctor was an emotional one for me. Conceiving my son was so easy, then why is this so difficult? While my husband was the basis for our initial need for IVF, now it seems that I was producing oblong eggs that spawned less than par embryos. This is where embryo donation came into question. If I hadn’t produced a healthy child in the past, I would take this into consideration, but just 3 years prior I was simply able to make an adequate embryo with my own egg, and felt I should still be able to do the same for the next pregnancy. I asked if there was anything different I could do. I was already eating well, exercising, but that didn’t seem to be the answer. For the 4th IVF cycle, I tried acupuncture with Dr. Zhang. Never having done acupuncture before, I was excited at the prospect of trying something new. We met for several months before as I was gearing up for the 4th IVF cycle. The retrieval produced more eggs than the past cycles, and the embryos were of such good quality, that the protocol called for a cycle day 5 transfer. Unfortunately, the embryos didn’t take hold, and the 4th IVF cycle didn’t produce a pregnancy. I did believe, though, that the ‘normal’ shaped eggs, and consequent great quality embryos produced were a result of the acupuncture that I was receiving the months prior.  The results were apparent, and I went back for more for cycle #5. This time, Dr. Zhang gave me several teas to drink the weeks before the heavy monitoring at the clinic. Confident in the acupuncture and herbal medicine, I followed the instructions. The retrieval again produced high quality eggs, and consequent embryos, but most importantly, one embryo that took hold. After 5 cycles of IVF, I am delighted to report that I am 11 weeks pregnant. In addition, 1 embryo was able to be cryopreserved from the last cycle, which has never occurred in past cycles. This confirms that the embryo quality was exceptional.  In comparison to my first pregnancy 2 ½ years ago, it has been a much easier ride, with less nausea and headaches, and more energy. Again, I credit the acupuncture for this. 
I want to thank Dr. Zhang for his practice. I wish I found the healing powers of acupuncture earlier in our efforts. I would recommend this ancient form of medicine to anyone undergoing fertility issues.    

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